Jimmy (The Greek) Snyder is gone, but there might be innumerable other "Greeks" lurking in both the spotlight and shadows of the industry. Thus, many in the black community feel that The Greek's racial-remark departure will change little in the big picture, a picture that remains filled with a lot of white folks unwilling or unable to understand the black agenda.

First, the rules of television:

Television, once and always, is all about money.

Television is as amoral and cynical a business as there is, essentially because it's all about money.

The Greek was on television because the powers that be at CBS decided he could help them make money. He was kept on, despite years of dwindling insights and prognosticating skills, because it was still felt he helped them make money. He was the prototype celebrity journalist -- thrust into fame almost inexplicably (in his case, off of a gambling career and a memorable moniker), then treated as an authority of sorts.

In short, The Greek should not have been answering questions on the role of blacks, in or out of sports.

But The Greek's perceptions -- about the black athlete being physically superior to the white, about the black being "bred" to be a better athlete, about the threat to whites if blacks start taking coaching positions -- are not something never heard whispered before.

So though the next Jimmy the Greek might have a different name, he might have strikingly similar racial perceptions.

WUSA-TV-9 and CBS sportscaster James Brown: "The Greek's comments are indicative of the time warp he was caught up in and also indicative of how the problem still exists to a shocking degree . . . Until you get blacks, Hispanics and right-thinking whites in positions of influence and power, it {won't change}."

Dr. Frances Welsing, a Washington psychiatrist and noted race-relations authority: "The problem that happened with {The Greek} was he was caught on camera. But these were not uncommon thoughts. A zillion times a day, people are saying negative things about blacks . . . What is important is for people to get a better understanding of what racism is all about and how prevalent it is at every level."

WUST radio sportscaster Harold Bell: "Jimmy the Greeks are all over the industry. It all starts at the top. They perpetuate this whole racism thing . . . I see no light at the end of the tunnel in this industry in my lifetime. I don't see any progress being made at all."

WRC-TV-4 news anchor Jim Vance: "I almost feel sorry for Jimmy. Here he is being pilloried for feelings he's had all his life and he thought were all right, and he had a lot of company in that type of thinking . . . I don't think the bosses at CBS Sports feel like Jimmy does, but by the same token, I don't know how race-sensitive they are to have allowed a guy who holds those feelings to go on the air every Sunday."

CBS Sports acted quickly in firing The Greek, but might that just be an isolated public gesture? Are The Greek's thoughts quietly shared by many more?

CBS sportscaster Brent Musburger, The Greek's longtime colleague on "The NFL Today," said he "fell off the chair" when he heard The Greek's remarks on WRC and that the network is not to blame for allowing The Greek a forum for so long. But Musburger admitted, "We're probably guilty with letting him get away with too much off-camera over the years. I've heard him be more anti-Semitic and antifemale than antiblack in some of his {off-camera} comments."

This is not to say that CBS Sports is racist. But it is a workplace, like many other workplaces, where racial posturing often bubbles just below the surface and can infect a lot of individuals' perceptions of others.

"I don't think there's racial tension, per se, here; in fact, we joke a lot with each other in terms of race," said a black CBS Sports technician who asked not to be named. "But it {race} is there. And certainly, when people pair off and go to lunch, go out for drinks after work . . . you tend to talk more in racial terms. That's natural, I guess. So you might have whites making comments about black colleagues, and {blacks} talking about how some things don't seem right . . . Yeah, there are comments {at work} that are, if not racist, certainly they have racial undertones. Sometimes, they don't even know they're doing it."

It's difficult to solve a problem that sometimes hides itself. And still, the media often divide along lines of black and white in perceiving how much racial progress has been made.

Musburger: "We live with a large amount of racism in this country, but I think there has been progress and the media is much better than it used to be."

Brown: "The racial mindset still persists. It just might be more subtle, more sophisticated than before . . . Whenever you hear a black who can put a few words together, you're told, 'Here's an articulate black.' You never hear about 'articulate whites.' "

What we probably need to hear is more dialogue than ever on the topic of race. Because even though it's often an uncomfortable subject to many, the potential consequences of ignoring it are even more uncomfortable.